A distinguished Nigerian physician has been gunned down as he returned from a commemorative lecture in honor of his late spouse – a authorities official who turned well-known for busting cartels which bought faux drugs.
Dr Chike Akunyili was shot within the face by gunmen who opened hearth on his automobile within the city of Nkpor in south-eastern Anambra state, his son, Obumneme Akunyili, informed BBC Igbo.
His driver and a police officer assigned to him additionally died within the capturing. A cousin survived and is being handled in hospital.
They had been driving again from the city of Nsukka in Enugu state after attending a lecture hosted by the College of Nigeria to pay tribute to Dr. Akunyili’s spouse, Dora Akunyili.
She was as soon as the top of the Nigeria Meals and Drug Company and was extensively revered for her efforts to crack down on faux drugs that circulated in Nigeria. She died of most cancers in 2014.
The motive for the assault on her husband is unclear, but it surely has left many Nigerians shocked. It’s the seventh high-profile homicide within the area within the final eight months.
Anambra has been hit by a wave of assaults since February 2021, and these escalated after the separatist group, Indigenous Folks of Biafra (Ipob), launched protest motion to demand the discharge of its chief Nnamdi Kanu.
The police in Anambra state are but to answer calls in regards to the capturing.